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How do you accept invitations?

That sounds great! That sounds like fun! I’d love to join you. Sure, I can join you. Where are we going? Thank you. I’d really like to join you. That would be wonderful. Yes, I’m free any time after six tomorrow evening (or) today. I’d love to join you. Sure, it’s fine with me. Of course. … Continue reading

How to invite people

Let’s have lunch (or) a drink (or) coffee together. Can you join me for coffee tomorrow? Can you join me for lunch sometime this week? (or) Can you join me for a drink tomorrow? Are you free for lunch this week? Let’s plan on going out for lunch this week. When are you free? I’m planning to check the new … Continue reading

How to respond to suggestions?

Positive: You’re right. I should try that. You think so? I’ll try that. Thanks. I suppose/ I guess I could do that. That sounds like a good/great idea. I could definitely try that. Maybe you’re right. I’ll give it a try. Negative: I’m not sure that’s a good idea. Ummm…I don’t know about that! I … Continue reading

How to suggest?

How to suggest: Let’s….. Why don’t we/you… If I were you… You might/could… I’d say… I’d suggest.. I suggest… What about….? Have you thought of….? How about…?

How to politely interrupt a speaker?

How to politely interrupt a speaker? Would you allow me to add/say something? Do I mind if I interrupt? Pardon me, I’d just like to assay something here.. Excuse me, may I say something? Can I ask something? Can I jump in here?

how to express disagreement (strong/moderate/weak)

Disagreeing: Strong: Absolutely not! I totally disagree. No way! Certainly not! Neutral: I don’t think that’s true/right. I don’t quite agree. Less certain/diplomatic: I’m not sure I agree. I’m afraid I don’t quite agree.

How to express agreement (strong/unassertive/diplomatic)

Strong agreement: That’s exactly how I see it! Exactly! I totally agree. Absolutely! That’s right. Can’t agree more! Indeed! Sounding neutral: I believe you’re right. I agree. That’s how I feel too. I think so too. I don’t think so either. Diplomatic/uncertain: You have a point. That’s true. Right.  

How do you make requests sound polite?

To make requests sound polite and non-imposing, we commonly use modals like ‘could’ or ‘would’, and put the requests in question forms. Could you …………………………, please? Could you possibly …………………………? I wonder if you could …………………………………………….. You couldn’t ………………………………………………………., could you? Do you mind …………………………………………………………? I’m hoping you can ………………………………………………………… If you don’t mind, could … Continue reading

How to respond to an apology?

Positive: That’s okay. No worries. That’s all right. Please don’t worry about it. I understand. It’s not important. I accept your apology. You couldn’t help it. It’s not your fault. Negative: I’m sorry, an apology isn’t enough. I don’t think I can accept your apology. I’m afraid an apology isn’t enough. 

How do you respond to jokes?

That was a good one! That was brilliant! You crack me up! That’s so funny! [with stress on ‘so’] Well said! [to a particularly witty one]

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